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Last Updated: Friday November 23 2007 11:55 GMT

Who'll be the next England boss?

L-R: Alan Shearer, Guus Hiddink, Martin O'Neill, Luiz Felipe Scolari, Jose Mourinho

After months of speculation about his future, England boss Steve McClaren has finally been given the boot.

England's 3-2 defeat to Croatia was one loss too many for the big wigs at the Football Association, especially as it means England are now out of Euro 2008.

But they need to find someone who can shake the English team back into shape, so who should it be?

Check out our round-up of some of the favourite contenders for the job....

Martin O'Neill

Martin O'Neill
The Aston Villa boss is the early front-runner, despite being turned down for the job last year!

He's been a manager for various Premier League teams and has a great track record for getting the most out of his players.

When he was boss at Celtic, from 2000-2005, they won the Scottish Premier league title three times and were runners-up to Rangers twice.

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho
The Special One, as he likes to be known, was fantastic at Chelsea and fans were gutted when he left suddenly earlier this year.

During his time at the club, he helped loads of the players get much better, but was it just because Chelsea had loads of cash to splash on them?

Either way, some people think Jose isn't interested in the England job because he's waiting for another club job to come up.

Luiz Felipe Scolari

Luiz Felipe Scolari
An interesting choice. This is the man loads of footie experts think England wanted for the job before they offered it to McClaren last year.

He turned it down because he was boss of Portugal - a job he still has now - so is he ready for a change?

Guus Hiddink

Guus Hiddink
The Russian coach might not be a popular choice with the fans as he recently said England didn't deserve to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals.

But his coaching methods clearly work as Russia beat England to the top of their group to make it through.

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer
A former England skipper, Alan's a bit of a wildcard possibility.

He's never coached a team before, but lots of other countries have had great success with former players in the boss' seat so maybe it's time England adopted their approach?

He's certainly had time to check out what does and doesn't work as he's a regular guest commentator on domestic and international matches for the BBC.



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